Oakwood Schools


Oakwood Schools Foundation


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Students perform science experiment.

The Oakwood Schools Foundation (OSF) Annual Fund for Students allows OSF to be responsive to the urgent and emerging needs of students and teachers in our classrooms. 

In the summer of 2020, with daily changes in the pandemic landscape, the Schools identified the pressing need for air purifiers in our classrooms to provide an aded level fo safety. 

OSF pivoted outside of the traditional organizational grant cycle and schedule to provide air purifiers and filters to classrooms in each of the district's five schools before the school year began. This provides a powerful example of how Oakwood's public and private educational partnership can be agile and responsive to the community needs for our students. 

Learn More and donate today 

Helping Our Students Flourish

See how important the arts are to Oakwood Schools' students past and present.  Learn how The Oakwood Schools Foundation plans to enhance these programs and how you can help our students Flourish.  Watch "The Value of Art in Education."

The Value of Art in Education

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is embarking on the largest fundraising effort in the group's 40-year history to support the arts facilities at Oakwood Junior High and Oakwood High School.  OSF is leading the campaign to raise $8.8 million in private funding for new and enhanced, state-of-the-art facilities.
Included in the project:
  • A new Performing Arts Wing to include dedicated and acoustically tuned band, choir and orchestra practice and performance spaces.
  • A new Visual Arts Center that includes new classrooms, and an open art gallery to showcase and celebrate student, alumni and community art. 
  • Upgrades to the existing Auditorium with acoustical and video enhancements, theatrical lighting and equipment upgrades.
To learn more about how you can be a part of this campaign, visit the Flourish website.

Broadcast Studio Coming to OHS Thanks to OSF Donors

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Thanks to fellow OHS alumni, the next Walter Cronkite or Diane Sawyer could be starting their broadcasting career at OHS.

Oakwood Schools Foundation and an alumni-led fundraising effort, along with donations from the Oakwood Fine Arts Boosters, Oakwood Junior High and Senior High PTO and the District, have built a real-world broadcast studio at OHS.

The school’s new, upgraded media facility will be named in honor of William “Bill” Hewitt, OHS Class of 1956. Fellow 1956 classmate Dale Hatfield and his wife Pat were instrumental to the effort, working alongside the Hewitt family.  A dedication ceremony is being planned.

Ongoing support for maintenance and upgrades to the studio will ensure a modern, real-world experience for years to come.  A dedication honoring Hewitt, his family and project donors will be held in fall. To make a contribution today, please go to: https://www.oakwoodschools.org/community/osf/donate-now

I want to provide students a real-world newsroom experience to best prepare and expose them to a career in journalism.

Kelsey Jackson, OHS Teacher

To donate to this program, visit
Broadcast Studio Fund



2020 Annual Report to the Community

"The spirit of giving is alive in Oakwood."

While it has been a challenging year, Oakwood Schools Foundation has continued to fulfill its mission of enhancing eduction in the Oakwood Schools.

The 2020 Annual Report to the Community provides a snapshot of the efforts of the organization to provide opportunities for Oakwood Schools' students and staff.

2020 Annual Report to the Community

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The Annual Fund is vital to the core mission of the Oakwood Schools Foundation. Help us reach this year’s Annual Fund for Students GOAL to show our support for Oakwood teachers and students by making your tax-deductible gift today!

EVERY gift – no matter how big or small - makes a significant IMPACT
in the lives of our students and community.

Please consider making your
tax-deductible gift today.




To read the full story, visit New Studio to Bring Real-World to OHS 




The Dayton Foundation announced the Oakwood Schools Foundation as a recipient of its 2021 Award for Excellence in Community Leadership. This award recognizes community groups that have demonstrated best practices for community organizing, fundraising, collaboration, and strategic planning. OSF was nominated and recognized for its leadership in granting and securing air purifiers for every classroom in each of the school district's five buildings at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year. 

"Each group's efforts, especially during a year filled with special challenges, are worth recognizing for their impact and the deep relationships they've cultivated with stakeholders and the community at large," said Lucy Baker, donors relations officer for The Dayton Foundation. "A sincere thanks to each recipient for leading the way and serving as a model and resource to other Dayton Foundation component funds." 



Tim Fleck Named 11th Parker Recipient

Tim Fleck Parker winner 2021

An Oakwood teacher known for his passion of history and creative teaching methods is the latest recipient of the Parker Love of Teaching and Lifelong Learning Award.

The Oakwood Schools Foundation presented Harman School sixth grade teacher Tim Fleck with the annual award Thursday, May 13.  Fleck has been a teacher in the Oakwood Schools for more than 17 years.

For more about the 2021 award, visit the Parker Love of Teaching and Lifelong Learning Award page,



2021 Stand Up and Cheer

We hope you can take a moment to enjoy the Oakwood Schools Foundation’s Stand Up & Cheer virtual program to learn more about some of the amazing things OSF was able to accomplish this past year thanks to friends like YOU!




Ruth Herman

Oakwood Schools Foundation has received one of the largest legacy gifts in the organization’s 40-year history, a $1.3 million gift from the estate of Ruth Herman.  To read more about Herman, visit OHS Grad's Passion for Schools to Continue.








Record Number Participate in Annual Competition

Congratulations to the 31 OHS students who participated in the 12th annual Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition.  The Oakwood Schools Foundation administers the annual competition, thanks to generous financial support from Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48). 

The contest emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of owning their own business or non-profit enterprise.  For more on the annual opportunity, visit the Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition page


2021 Award Winners



OSF Mailing list

Update your information and join the OSF mailing list.  You will receive the latest information about all the great work we are doing with Oakwood Schools. 


Contact Information

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Bre Andrews
Administrative Director 

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Brandy McFall
Development Director

The Oakwood Schools Foundation
P.O. Box 351
Oakwood, OH 45409

To learn more about OSF, visit our About OSF page. 

Investment Information

For information on stocks, securities or estate funds, contact:

Tracie Boshears




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Thank you for your desire to contribute and help make a difference. Please note the Oakwood Schools Foundation is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, and we process all gifts and donations through the Foundation’s website.  Visit our Donate page to contribute to the Oakwood Schools Foundation. 

Thank you for your support!